Tyler Clippard is heading back to the National League East.
On Monday night, the Oakland Athletics announced that they have traded their 30 year-old reliever to the New York Mets in exchange for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 27, 2015
Clippard, who was traded to Oakland during the offseason from the Washington Nationals, has filled in as the Athletics’ closer this season with regular closer Sean Doolittle being sidelined due to injury. After spending the past seven seasons with the Nationals, the veteran appeared in 37 games for the Athletics, posting a 2.79 ERA while converting 17 of his 21 save opportunities.
In return, the Athletics acquire 20 year-old Casey Meisner, a guy that a lot of teams were interested in trading for. In 18 starts this season in the Mets minor league system, the former 2013 third round pick has a 10-4 record with a 2.35 ERA.
With the Mets only two games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East Division race and only 4 1/2 games out in the Wild Card hunt, the club appears to be going all in to make a playoff push this season. In a move to help bolster their offense, the club acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.
The addition of Clippard helps to strengthen a bullpen that is already very impressive. So far in 2015, the Mets bullpen has the sixth best bullpen ERA in the major leagues, and are holding their opponents to a .213 batting average, which ranks third best in all of baseball.
As the trade deadline is just a few days away, it will be interesting to see what both of these teams do moving forward. Oakland appears to be ready to fully sell, as they have already parted with Clippard and Scott Kazmir. They do have other pieces that are expected to be traded before the deadline, and one name that stands out is Ben Zobrist.
The Mets have already made two moves but may not be done, as it is likely they could try to add another outfielder before the deadline. With the club’s young pitching being a strength, it could be likely that the club uses one of these prospects to help lure in that extra bat they have been looking for.